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NY Proposes Emission Limits On Building Generators


New York environmental officials have proposed emission limits on the diesel generators and natural gas-fired engines generally used to provide back-up power at large buildings like hospitals and offices.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the limits are on nitrogen oxide and particulates, noting the New York City area needs reductions to meet national air quality standards by a July 2018 deadline.

According to the agency, the proposal doesn't cover larger generators already regulated as major emissions sources, smaller units typically found in homes and other smaller buildings or those used only in emergencies.

The applicable units have ratings greater than 150 kilowatts in the metropolitan area and 300 kilowatts elsewhere and primarily operate on days with high electricity demand.

Environmentalists say limits are needed to close a regulatory loophole.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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